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Surrender and Renunciation of Indian Citizenship applies only to applicants of Indian Origin.
Under The Indian Citizenship Act, 1955, Persons of Indian Origin is NOT allowed DUAL Citizenship. If a person has ever held an Indian Passport and has obtained the Passport of another country, they will be required to surrender their Indian Passport immediately after gaining another Country’s nationality.
If a person has ever held an Indian passport and has obtained the passport of another country, they will be required to surrender their Indian passport immediately after gaining another country's nationality.
After Renunciation of Indian Citizenship, it is necessary to apply for Surrender or a Renunciation certificate.
A stamp saying "cancelled due to acquiring foreign nationality" is required. It should be noted that Indian passports that carry only a "cancelled stamp" are not considered renounced of their Indian citizenship.
While applying for consular services Visa or OCI, it is mandatory to provide proof of your cancelled Indian passport. If such evidence cannot be provided, applicants will be required to obtain a renunciation certificate.
While applying for Renunciation of Indian Citizenship, there are many procedures that must be followed, including the submission of the duly filled application form as well as current photographs and relevant documents. While enquiring about the fees that are levied for the relevant stamps and certificates, it is also essential to indentify your area of jurisdiction and service centers.
It is not necessary for travellers to carry a Certificate of Renunciation of Indian Citizenship during their travel to India.
It should be noted that it is illegal to continue to use an Indian passport after the renunciation of Indian citizenship and defaulters will be faced with penalties.
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Primary cause for RENUNCIATION application rejections:
Date of acquiring US/ Foreign nationality (Date of Naturalization) on the Renunciation Certificate form is INCORRECT (over 90% of all rejections).
Applicants are requested to kindly ensure that in the Renunciation Certificate form, the date of Naturalization Certificate is entered as the date of acquiring US / Foreign nationality and NOT the date of issue of Passport.
Please take a minute and recheck to ensure that all data entered is correct. Applications with incorrect particulars will be rejected.